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My vote for a small sleek generic 3 unit Lionchief 2.0+  

Sorry just not going spend $2.2k on an Acela.

We used a rail pass during a Japan vacation and riding the “bullets” is how rail travel should be.

They are so sleek and fast - look like planes but quieter.  The paint schemes are endless too.

I have a few Kato N Gauge models but O Gauge for me!

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Lived in Japn for two years in the 1970's.  Rode in them a few times.   Can still remember the sound as they went by the apartment.   Have been looking for a Shinkansen O gauge model for a while.   Prefer the original "O" series with the "bullet" style nose.   Now that I have my first 3D printed engine done, I am looking for a model of the O series.   Since these were built long before CAD, finding a good one has not been easy.

@VHubbard posted:

Lived in Japn for two years in the 1970's.  Rode in them a few times.   Can still remember the sound as they went by the apartment.   Have been looking for a Shinkansen O gauge model for a while.   Prefer the original "O" series with the "bullet" style nose.   Now that I have my first 3D printed engine done, I am looking for a model of the O series.   Since these were built long before CAD, finding a good one has not been easy.

Hey VHubbard your Tank Engine project is great, and I read http://www.hubbardhobbies.com/ too.

Iʻve been toying with my own O Gauge Shinkansen for a while - just thinking about before falling asleep stage right now.   You mentioned the sound, theyʻre not like the Amtrak trains near me moving a 50-70 MPH, quieter, less wheel to track noise and more air stream noise?   O Gauge model might sound right if it used rubber wheels.

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@Kelunaboy posted:

Iʻve been toying with my own O Gauge Shinkansen for a while - just thinking about before falling asleep stage right now.   You mentioned the sound, theyʻre not like the Amtrak trains near me moving a 50-70 MPH, quieter, less wheel to track noise and more air stream noise?   O Gauge model might sound right if it used rubber wheels.

Yes, it was a shooma, shooma, shooma,  zoom kind of sound as it went by.    About 3 seconds, I still have the cadence in my head.   2.6 seconds is the time it takes for an 8 car train to pass at 250 KPH/155MPH.    The slab track with very few joints has no clickety clack sound.   

I feel like it would be a good Vision Line candidate if Lionel ever decided to do foreign engines. Too far outside of my price range for most of the variants but if they made a 300 series one I'd unironically start saving no matter how much it costs. Apparently the Brio wooden model of the 300 series was the first train related item I ever owned at like 7 months old, it would be cool to have an O gauge model of that train.

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@VHubbard posted:

Lived in Japn for two years in the 1970's.  Rode in them a few times.   Can still remember the sound as they went by the apartment.   Have been looking for a Shinkansen O gauge model for a while.   Prefer the original "O" series with the "bullet" style nose.   Now that I have my first 3D printed engine done, I am looking for a model of the O series.   Since these were built long before CAD, finding a good one has not been easy.

You'd probably have to find someone who could 3D scan a HO scale model, or otherwise use one as the basis for a ground-up 3D model for printing. An expensive endeavour any way you look at it.

...and then you need power trucks for it...

---PCJ

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